Iconostasis of the Chapel of St. Nicholas

Iconostasis of the Chapel of St. Nicholas
«Iconostasis of the Chapel of St. Nicholas»

Interior of the southern Chapel of St. Nicholas Velikoretsky, in which a new miracle-working icon was placed in the 1700s as a sign of St. Nicholas’ blessing of the Czar. This is one of eight chapels of St. Basil’s Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession. The Chapel’s original iconostasis, or wall of holy icons, was destroyed in the 1737 fire, and the existing one was crafted in 1786. The Chapel icons date back to the same time.

The icons are placed on the iconostasis in accordance with strict Orthodox rules. In the middle are the Holy Gates, or Royal Doors, with icons of the four evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—an icon of Our Lady, and an icon of Archangel Michael. Above the Holy Doors is placed an Icon of the Last Supper. To the left of the doors is an icon of the Virgin with Child, and to the right is an icon of Our Savior. Above this are two interchangeable tiers: the Deisis and the Twelve Great Feasts.

Photo #177 taken on April 26, 2015 during tour of St. Basil's Cathedral with my dear client from Denmark (Australia), Rhiannon Hansen.

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